Not quite ready to surrender summer to fall, even though the nights are cool enough to switch over to my flannel pajama pants (rawr!), here at Chez Childplay we are preparing for one final summer vacation. Well, to be precise, it will be Naturalist and my second to last summer vacation, but I’m getting ahead of myself. It will be our final family summer vacation, to our favorite place for such a thing…


The last time we went was 3 years ago…Sassy was 2 and was on Lake Hebgen right outside our cabin when I took this picture:


This year I have my precious, the DSLR, and am practically salivating over what kinds of shots there are to be found in Yellowstone. I tried it out in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks (which you don’t know because I’ve been to busy (or…lazy?!) to blog about those trips) and Yellowstone will make a nice trifecta of National Park pictures this year.

Planning for this trip is not unlike planning a campaign for a small invasion. By the time we leave to make the 12 hour drive up to West Yellowstone (mileage wise it’s only 9 hours, but who are we kidding?! With 3 kids and a dog, we could easily triple that just in potty breaks!) I’m already exhausted, having planned the meal menu for the week, packed the clothes and cooking supplies, made sure the car was clean and stocked with things like wipes, plastic bags, paper towels, etc., etc. But the Park will restore me! As will nights on the lake, making smores by a campfire, hiking around geysers, watching bison amble down the road, finding animal tracks and scat with Naturalist, mornings making Deluxe Hot Chocolate (first time this year! And, btw, since that post almost 2 years ago we’ve added another step to deluxe hot chocolate making…a big scoop of vanilla ice cream in super hot hot chocolate…), and evenings playing card games with the family.

Educational experiences masked as a leisurely trip…my favorite!


3 Responses

  1. This sounds like the perfect adventure!

  2. another road trip? i’m jealous.
    we were so exhausted by the time we hit Yellowstone we never even got out of the car! hey, maybe i can drive back~ i’ve got the year national park pass and everything!

  3. Road trips are so fun. šŸ™‚ I haven’t been to Yellowstone yet, despite an itch to go.

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